LAS VEGAS (AP) — The lawyer for an active-duty Navy SEAL asked a federal jury in Las Vegas to acquit his client of charges that he smuggled guns and explosives from Iraq and Afghanistan and conspired with others to sell them in the United States.

Nicholas Bickle sat Wednesday in his Navy uniform while his attorney, James Pokorny, said tainted testimony from drug dealers and convicts should leave jurors with “reasonable unanswered questions” and “reasonable doubt” about Bickle’s guilt.

Earlier, Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip N. Smith Jr. held up AK-47 and M92 machine guns, a sniper rifle and other weapons that Bickle is accused of dealing.

Smith said the 34-year-old petty officer was motivated by greed, and asked the jury to convict him, despite his service, of all 15 conspiracy, weapons and explosives charges.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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